Care home trio in court on mistreatment charges

Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall
Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall
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THE former owners of a care home and their employee have denied a string of charges relating to the alleged mistreatment of elderly people in their care.

Indranee and Meghadeven Pumbien, former owners of the Briarwood Care Home in Lostock Hall, and their employee Niphawan Berry 
appeared before Preston Crown Court facing charges relating to residents.

They deny several charges including the ill-treatment and wilful neglect of a vulnerable person, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, at the home on Todd Lane South.

Mr and Mrs Pumbien, aged 62 and 58, of Grosvenor Place, also pleaded not guilty to intending to pervert the course of justice by asking people to make statements to police.

Employee Niphawan Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street in Preston, faces one charge of wounding and two of neglecting patients, which she entered not guilty pleas to.

They are due to appear before Preston Crown Court for a trial on July 14.

The care home reopened last week under new ownership and has been renamed the Willowbrooke residential home.